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The Distribution of Digital Bibles More Than Doubled Across the World in 2016

SWINDON, UK, July 3, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ — For the third year running, Bible Societies have distributed more than 400 million Scripture items around the world — including more than 34 million Bibles. That’s enough for more than 5% of the world’s population. And since the beginning of the decade, the United Bible Societies fellowship (UBS) has distributed Scripture material for two out of every five people on the planet. The overall 2016 total — almost 401.4 million — includes Bibles, Testaments, Gospels and smaller Scripture items like booklets for people learning to read. It’s slightly lower than 2015’s total, but is up on the 2010 total by more than 34 million items.
Digital Scriptures
The distribution of non-print Bibles such as digital downloads, CDs, Scripture texts and DVDs has more than doubled across the world in 2016, driven by the growing demand for Bibles on our phones and devices. More than three million non-print Bibles were distributed in 2016, up from less than 1.3 million in 2015. There’s been an even sharper increase since 2010, when the Fellowship distributed less than 200,000 non-print Bibles in a year. The trend mirrors growing internet use around the world. Around 45% of the world’s population now have access to the internet, and by 2020 seven out of every 10 people on the planet will own a smartphone. We spend more time on our phones than any other media.
Top five countries for the local distribution of full Bibles in 2016
• Brazil 6,773,421
• China 3,514,286
• USA 2,981,407
• Nigeria 1,965,001
• India 1,897,995
Milestone for Brazil
At the end of 2016, Bible Society of Brazil reached the milestone of 150 million Bibles and New Testaments produced at its Bible Press since 1995. It’s one of the largest printing plants in the world primarily for the production of Scriptures. Executive Director Rudi Zimmer said, “In recent decades, more than in any other period, Brazilian churches have been involved in spreading the Word, making Brazil the largest field of Holy Scripture distribution around the world today.”
Full report
The full report, with comments on numerous countries seeing a sudden spike in Bible distribution in 2016 can be found here: www.unitedbiblesocieties.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Bible-distribution-in-2016.pdf
United Bible Societies:
United Bible Societies is a global network of Bible Societies working in over 200 countries and territories across the world. Together, they are the world’s biggest translator, publisher and distributor of the Bible. Bible Societies are also active in areas such as HIV/AIDS prevention, trauma healing and literacy. Bible Societies work with all Christian Churches and many international non-governmental organisations. Read more: www.unitedbiblesocieties.org.
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The Seed Company Launches 800th Bible Translation Project with Aborigines Translators in Australia

The Seed Company Launches 800th Bible Translation Project with Aborigines Translators in Australia
Milestone achieved in just two decades and only six months after 700th language completed

Contact: Melanie Cornell, 972-499-6631

ARLINGTON, Texas, March 7, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — The Seed Company, the world’s fastest-growing Bible translation organization, has begun its 800th language project, the

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in Northern Australia. Aboriginal translators are spearheading the translation work that began this month, and includes nine languages.

Nearly 7,000 languages are spoken in the world today, yet, fewer than 500 have the complete Bible. More than 2,000 languages are still without even one verse of Scripture. The Arnhem Aboriginal Partnership is another milestone in accelerated efforts to remedy this. Only six months ago The Seed Company marked the beginning of its 700th language project.

Though most Aboriginal people consider themselves Christian, they are without Scripture in the languages they speak and understand best. Bible translation brings people closer to God, as they are better able to understand His words.

“[We have] a deeper understanding when we hear our own language spoken, especially the Scriptures,” said Dhalwaŋu translator Marrpalawuy Marika.

“Our language is like a pearl inside a shell,” said Yurranydjil Dhurrkay, a Wanguri speaker and translation advisor.

Local Aboriginal speakers initiated the translation project through the primary churches in the region.

The Coordinating Support for Indigenous Scriptures, which is the Uniting Church strategy to support translation efforts, will further Scripture use through Aboriginal art, song and dance. Churches are eager to use indigenous Scripture in discipleship efforts, as well as community health, education and language preservation.

The translation project includes the Dhalwaŋu, Dhuwaya, Ganalbiŋu, Golumala, Gupapuyŋu, Kuninjku, Maung, Wangurri and Warramiri languages, which are considered endangered.

This project will be part of a Seed Company initiative focused on Bible translation for the world’s smallest language groups. Associated with this initiative is a matching grant for churches that supports Bible translation for qualifying languages with fewer than 10,000 speakers.

Initially, Arnhem Land Aboriginal translation teams will produce the Gospel of Mark in both print and audio formats.

The Seed Company, a Wycliffe Bible Translators affiliate, was founded in 1993 to accelerate the pace of Bible translation and involve more local people in the process. The organization works with a wide network of people, partners and technology in Bible translation projects that span six continents. For more information, please visit their website: TheSeedCompany.org.

Common English Bible Being Used for National Group Reading

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ASHVILLE, Feb. 2, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — The new bestselling Bible translation Common English Bible (CommonEnglishBible.com) is being adopted by churches to help people become more scripturally literate.

One such church is the 6200-member Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago, reading the entire Bible in a year (www.fourthchurch.org/bibleyear.html) and making its program available to anyone internationally online. It conducts two weekly Bible studies, as well as offers daily devotions on Facebook (www.facebook.com/fourthchurch) and Twitter (twitter.com/FourthChicago).

Another church is Arlington Heights United Methodist Church, Fort Worth, TX (ahumcfw.org/90days.html), where members are using the Common English Bible (Twitter@CommonEngBible) to read the entire New Testament in 90 Days (the reading plan is available at j.mp/wiYhFf).

Church (pew) Bibles are available in bulk quantities for churches to use in the course of their sanctuary or education center use. Less than traditional-looking “Casual Church Editions” (hardcover 9781609260750; softcover 9781609260941) are designed for more contemporary and mobile worship settings. The softcover editions are priced strategically to encourage churches to give these to visitors to take home after attending a service. More information is at j.mp/nxLFHZ.

According to Gallup surveys, readership of the Bible has declined from the 1980s, from 73% to 59% today. Only 28% of Americans say they regularly study the Bible to find direction in their lives. And 61% of Americans think the Bible should be easier to read.* “The Common English Bible is a highly exact yet very readable Bible translation, built on common ground with academic rigor and denomination neutrality, which clearly communicates ancient sacred text in understandable 21st century English,” says Paul Franklin, PhD, associate publisher.

A new embeddable 60-second video is now available online (vimeo.com/CommonEnglishBible), showing how the Common English Bible is an uncommon translation that clearly communicates in today’s terms God’s message of love to everyone, no matter what age, gender, station in life, or other personal outlook.

The Common English Bible is a collaboration of 120 Bible scholars and editors, 77 reading group leaders, and more than 500 average readers from around the world. The translators — from 24 denominations in American, African, Asian, European, and Latino communities — represent such academic institutions as Asbury Theological Seminary, Azusa Pacific University, Bethel Seminary, Denver Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary, Seattle Pacific University, Wheaton College, Yale University, and many others.

The Common English Bible is written in contemporary idiom at the same reading level as the newspaper USA TODAY — using language that’s comfortable and accessible for today’s English readers. More than half-a-million copies of the Bible are already in print, including an edition with the Apocrypha. The Common English Bible is available for purchase online and in 20 digital formats. A Reference Bible edition and a Daily Companion devotional edition are now also available. Additionally, in 2012, Church/Pew Bibles, Gift and Award Bibles, Large Print Bibles, and Children’s Bible editions will be in stores, joining the existing Thinline Bibles, Compact Thin Bibles, and Pocket-Size Bibles, bringing the total variety of Common English Bible stock-keeping units (SKUs) to more than 40.

Visit CommonEnglishBible.com to see comparison translations, learn about the translators, get free downloads, and more.

The Common English Bible is sponsored by the Common English Bible Committee, an alliance of five publishers that serve the general market, as well as the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) (Chalice Press), Presbyterian Church (USA) (Westminster John Knox Press), Episcopal Church (Church Publishing, Inc.), United Church of Christ (The Pilgrim Press), and The United Methodist Church (Abingdon Press).

* www.gallup.com/poll/2416/Six-Ten-Americans-Read-Bible-Least-Occasionally.aspx
www.gallup.com/poll/9088/How-American-Christians-Living-Their-Faith.aspx
www.gallup.com/poll/5671/Beginning-Word.aspx

Common English Bible Broadens Its Appeal

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NASHVILLE, TN (January 5, 2012) — As 2012 dawns, the new Bible translation Common English Bible (http://CommonEnglishBible.com) is establishing itself on multiple websites, celebrating its second consecutive month as a best seller, creating a growing buzz among bloggers, and is twice considered by journalists as being one of the top religion stories of 2011.

BibleGateway.com, the highest ranked (according to Alexa) website in the world for Bible search activity, is now featuring the Common English Bible (Twitter @CommonEngBiblehttp://twitter.com/CommonEngBible) in its Verse of the Day free email subscription (http://www.biblegateway.com/newsletters/). And Patheos.com, the international online hub for faith communities, is now featuring the Common English Bible as its Daily Verse, appearing on its Library Bible Resources page (http://www.patheos.com/Library/Bible-Resources.html), Evangelical Portal (http://www.patheos.com/Religion-Portals/Evangelical.html), and Progressive Christian Portal (http://www.patheos.com/Religion-Portals/Progressive-Christian.html).

The free-to-search text of the Common English Bible, including the Apocrypha, is available online at the translation’s website (http://www.commonenglishbible.com/Explore/PassageLookup/tabid/210/Default.aspx), Bible Gateway (http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Common-English-Bible-CEB/), and YouVersion (http://www.youversion.com/bible/ceb). A Bible Passage Lookup widget is also available (http://www.commonenglishbible.com/Explore/PassageLookupWidget/tabid/393/Default.aspx) for placement on personal websites.

The Common English Bible is on the January CBA Bible Translation Best Seller list (based on actual unit sales in Christian retail stores in the United States through Dec. 3, 2011) (http://cbaonline.org/nm/documents/BSLs/Bible_Translations.pdf). Its debut on the list in December came after being in stores just less than three months.

More than 150 international bloggers are currently participating in the three-month long “Thank You-Come Again-I Promise” blog tour (from November 2011 through January 2012). The tour’s Twitter hashtag is #CEBtour (http://twitter.com/#!/search/realtime/%23CEBTour). The complete tour schedule, and information about joining the tour, is available at CommonEnglishBible.com/CEB/blogtour (http://www.CommonEnglishBible.com/CEB/blogtour).

And the completion of the Common English Bible after four years of translation work was named one of the top 10 religion stories of 2011 as decided by leading international religion journalists in the 30th annual Religion Newswriters Association survey (http://www.rna.org/news/79176/2011-Top-10-Religion-Stories-of-the-Year.htm) and by editors of the Associated Baptist Press (http://www.abpnews.com/content/view/7035/53/).

“There’s a reason the Common English Bible is receiving such a positive and popular reception,” says Paul Franklin, PhD, associate publisher. “It’s probably the most literal Bible translation, built on common ground with academic rigor and denomination neutrality, which clearly communicates ancient sacred text in understandable 21st century English.”

The Common English Bible is a collaboration of 120 Bible scholars and editors, 77 reading group leaders, and more than 500 average readers from around the world. The translators — from 24 denominations in American, African, Asian, European, and Latino communities — represent such academic institutions as Asbury Theological Seminary, Azusa Pacific University, Bethel Seminary, Denver Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary, Seattle Pacific University, Wheaton College, Yale University, and many others.

The Common English Bible is written in contemporary idiom at the same reading level as the newspaper USA TODAY — using language that’s comfortable and accessible for today’s English readers. More than half-a-million copies of the Bible are already in print, including an edition with the Apocrypha. The Common English Bible is available for purchase online and in 20 digital formats. A Reference Bible edition and a Daily Companion devotional edition are now also available. Additionally, in 2012, Church/Pew Bibles, Gift and Award Bibles, Large Print Bibles, and Children’s Bible editions will be in stores, joining the existing Thinline Bibles, Compact Thin Bibles, and Pocket-Size Bibles, bringing the total variety of Common English Bible stock-keeping units (SKUs) to more than 40.

Visit CommonEnglishBible.com to see comparison translations, learn about the translators, get free downloads, and more.

The Common English Bible is sponsored by the Common English Bible Committee, an alliance of five publishers that serve the general market, as well as the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) (Chalice Press), Presbyterian Church (USA) (Westminster John Knox Press), Episcopal Church (Church Publishing, Inc.), United Church of Christ (The Pilgrim Press), and The United Methodist Church (Abingdon Press).